Design a Vertical Planter
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Design a Vertical Planter

Apr 30, 2021
Video Length:  1:01:49
Presented By:  Amanda Marin

Learn a new skill with a simple application that can be extrapolated to many other scenarios. We'll take a simple vertical planter, where the plant symbols and irrigation system would normally stack on top of each other in plan view and be illegible, and break these items out into a legible planting plan with connected irrigation that any contractor should be able to read, understand, and build exactly as intended. We'll use tools such as Detail Viewport and Work Areas to accomplish this goal.

Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)


  • Intro/TOC
  • Tips for Design
  • Types of Vertical Planter Systems
  • Popular Vertical Planter Species
  • Workflow in a Nutshell
  • Going Through That Workflow in CAD and Land F/X

0:00 – 4:07: Intro/TOC

4:08 – 11:05: Tips for Design

Tips for design (4:08)

  • Do an analysis of the space for each wall.
    • Sun orientation
      • North, south, east, west?
      • If very tall or long, do the sun and shade change across the wall?
    • Microclimate
      • Milder next to a building?
      • Wall exposed to or protected from wind?
    • Humidity, water exposure
      • Under a roof overhang?
      • Able to connect to downspouts?
    • Strong enough support?
  • Choose a type with past success.
    • Go see a built wall that's been up 3+ years.
    • Where is it now vs. built?
    • Note orientation, plants
    • Anything die off?
  • Plan for maintenance
    • Pest maintenance
    • Adding back nutrients
  • Take note of plant soil needs
    • High drainage? Avoid mold.
    • Possible to add gravel for drainage, but watch for added weight.

11:06 – 14:19: Types of Vertical Planter Systems

  • Living walls
    • Pots or trenches/pockets, staggered up, holding perennials, annuals, or shrubs
      • May be part of a retaining wall
    • Geotextile felts or panels, supporting soil and plants
  • Green façades (not what we're covering)
    • Trellis for climbers
    • Pots at the top for hanging shrubs


Non-exhaustive list of established systems (13:26)

14:20 – 16:05: Popular Vertical Planter Species

16:06 – 17:54: Workflow in a Nutshell

17:55 – end: Going Through That Workflow in CAD and Land F/X

Obtaining or creating the blocks and linework to use in the wall (20:21)


See our Living Walls Made Easy webinar, presented by Sean Brennan of Filtrexx.


Layer settings (22:04)


Saving blocks into the Land F/X system (example: as Elevation Graphics to use in a vertical planter) (23:10)


Assigning a block to a Reference Note to add data to it (27:09)


Placing the blocks, then placing copies using our Copy Along tools (28:08)


Numbering and keeping track of different walls (29:38)


Using plant groups (30:48)


Choosing plant symbols (34:43)


Placing plants and copying them around the design (36:18)


Assigning details and using Detail Viewport (39:35)


Using the keyboard commands for placing plants (40:31)


Placing a Plant Schedule for the plants inside a detail (41:07)


Adding irrigation (44:30)


Adding drip equipment (45:17)


Adding and placing an Area for Drip Emitters (46:22)


Placing a temporary valve (48:20)


Placing lateral pipe (48:50)


Sizing the lateral pipe (49:25)


Labeling a valve (49:42)


Running a Valve Schedule (49:53)


Accounting for pressure loss due to elevation change (50:13)


Adding a cap for future use (51:02)


Placing Spot Elevation callouts (53:52)


Adding mainline pipe and sizing the mainline (58:36)


Reviewing the Critical Analysis (1:00:05)


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